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  1. #1
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    Default Cut comb honey - small cell foundation

    I am using all medium 8 frame boxes with small cell (wired) foundation from Dadant. I plan to do cut comb. My question is about cut comb foundation. I do not see a cell size specified on any I find anywhere so I assume none of it is 4.9 mm. Would I be shooting myself in the foot using the large cell size foundation for cut comb? Thanks for the help.

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    Default Re: Cut comb honey - small cell foundation

    You must use an excluder to keep the queen from laying brood in the comb used for cut comb honey, the size of the cells do not matter.

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    Default Re: Cut comb honey - small cell foundation

    Thanks for the reply. I understand it will not affect the size of bees hatched if none are laid in the larger cells. But I was wondering if it had any effect at all on the bees if they are drawing different size cells in the same hive.

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    Default Re: Cut comb honey - small cell foundation

    Bees naturally draw different size cells in a hive.

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